Turkey, Israel and Cyprus are making the region’s interlocking disputes more intractable, most notably setting back hopes of a reunification of the divided island of Cyprus.
Turkey has also revived a potential dispute with Greece about exactly where the Aegean ends and the Mediterranean begins, or, more specifically, where the maritime boundaries of these two countries might meet if and when there are talks on the subject.
While all sides can survive the current choppy waters in the eastern Mediterranean, and most attention is focused on the Turkey-Israel spat, the divergent trends in Cyprus are the most likely to have a real long term negative effect.
By Hugh Pope
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